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Posted on Oct 19, 2018

Letter to the editor: ‘They’re not welcome’?

‘They’re not welcome’?
All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men (and women) to say nothing. There are many good men and women saying nothing about these remarks: “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Maxine Waters told a crowd in California over the weekend. “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere” (Maxine Waters, June, 2018). “Michelle [Obama] always says ‘When they go low, we go high,’” Eric Holder told the crowd. “No. No. When they go low, we kick them.” Several minutes later, he made his “cover remark,” “When I say we, you know, ‘We kick ‘em,’ I don’t mean we do anything inappropriate. We don’t do anything illegal,” Holder said. “But we got to be tough, and we have to fight for the very things that [civil rights leaders] John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Whitney Young – you know, all those folks gave to us” (Eric Holder, October, 2018). What?
First, if you mean anything other than violence saying “kick ‘em,” why would you even use that phrase to begin with? And how can that phrase refer to anything you could or would do that would be legal? The following remarks Hillary Clinton in her recent CNN interview, referring to Donald Trump, in my opinion when weighing the evidence from multiple sources, are much more an accurate description of her words and actions, not President Trump’s: “We have seen him degrading the rule of law,” “We have seen him delegitimizing our elections,” and “fundamentally trying to undermine our national unity.”
Governor Inslee’s Feb. 23, 2017, executive order 17-01 includes the following directive: no arrests “solely for violation of federal civil immigration laws, except as required by federal or state law or authorized by the governor.” Can you make heads or tails of that jargon? Sounds like they’re saying “you can’t enforce the law unless it is the law.” I’d urge everyone to read Executive Order 17-01. You’ll either be enlightened or totally confused.
Unfortunately, Democrats are not publicly denouncing the rhetoric of those who’ll be in charge if their party takes the house. Think about what the Holder, Waters, Clinton and Inslee are condoning before you cast your vote.
Dwight Needens,